What to see in Delft Island Neduntheevu

What to see in Delft Island or Neduntheevu? From how to get there, tourist attractions, and what to know before you visit, and a day trip guide to Delft Island.

This day trip guide to Delft Island, the curious coastal island off the coast of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Also, this guide includes Tourist attractions in Delft Island, What to see in Delft Island, Things to do in Delft Island, Essential travel information, and travel tips for in Delft Island.

The delft island is located in the Palk Strait, Jaffna District of Sri Lanka. Not only that but also, located between Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and Rameswaram, India. However, the Delft Island belongs to Sri Lanka. The island is far away from Jaffna (Around 40Km by air distance) and is accessible to the public.

The local people call Called ‘Pasutheevu’ or ’Neduntheevu’ (the island of cows) by natives, it was named ‘Illha das Vaka’ by the Portuguese and renamed Delft by the Dutch, after the town in the Netherlands. Having a long history from the ancient Chola dynasty through the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial periods, history pulls on your sleeve every step you take on the Delft. Quaint tiny villages coral walls, colonial ruins and winding dirt roads hint at bygone eras are amazing scenes.

To get Delft Island, should take a ferry from Kurikadduvan Jetty which is the southern tip of Punkudutivu (about 50 minutes drive by car from Jaffna). After that, it is an hour bumpy ferry ride to Delft Island which is the mysterious, isolated, outlying coral and limestone island.

 

The Best time to visit Delft Island

The most pleasant season is probably July to August when the rough weather has subsided yet you are welcomed with a slight breeze. However, January and February are cooler like in the rest of the island but January can be wet.

How to get to Delft Island from Jaffna

Jaffna Town ==> Kurikadduvan Jetty ==> Delft Jetty

  • Jaffna Bus Stand to  Kurikadduvan Jetty
          1. By Bus:  Bus No: 776, Ticket fare: LKR90, Duration: 1 hour
          2. By Tuk Tuk:   Fare: LKR2000, Duration: 50 minutes
  • Kurikadduvan Jetty to Delft Jetty
          1. By Ferry: Fare: LKR 80, Duration: 1 hour

The first ferry leaves from Kurikadduvan Jetty around 8 am or 9 am, So, better to get first the ferry, If you are planning to return on the same day. Also, you can return from Delft Island to Kurikadduvan Jetty by 2:30 pm ferry or 4.00 pm ferry. But be sure, you don’t miss the last ferry from Delft Island.

When you return to Kurikkaduvan Jatti, a bus will be waiting to take you back to Jaffna. The bus will be full, so try to get a seat.

Delft Island boat service timetable

The Ferry services are not regularly the same as the schedule. There may be time changes or cancellations due to bad weather. So, make sure the ferry time before you go to Delft Island.

To know the accurate time of ferry, you can contact Divisional Secretariat – Delft Island, Contact Number: +94 21 221 5206 (Only Working Days 8:30 am – 4:30 pm).

 

How to get from Jaffna to Delft Island route map

==> Jaffna to Delft Island Route Map

How to get around Delft Island, Jaffna

You can hire a Tuk-Tuk to take you to all the tourist points of Delft Island. Usually, the Tuk Tuk drivers wait at the arrival point. Or, there are a few hotels, they will provide you a tourist package with a hotel. Otherwise, you can contact Divisional Secretariat – Delft Island for any inquiry or trip guide to Delft Island, Contact Number: +94 21 221 5206 (Only Working Days 8:30 am – 4:30 pm).

Delft Island tour cost for Tuk Tuk: LRK1500 – LKR 2000

Note: It’s hard to find food and drink in Delft Island. However, there are few restaurants, you can get short eats. Advice to bring at least 2 L water.

What to see and do in Delft Island, Jaffna

Growing Stone

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trip guide to Delft Island - Growing Stone

Baobab Tree

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The baobab tree, a massive tree of the adansonia genus, native to tropical Africa and Arabia, and grown in other warm regions. It is believed that the Baobab trees which had been planted by Arab traders in some store water in the trunk to endure the harsh drought conditions. Shedding their leaves during the dry season. The tree produces large aromatic flowers up to seven inches wide. the fruit is one of the most nutrient-dense food in the world.

Queens Tower – Delft Island

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trip guide to Delft Island - Queens Tower - Delft Island

Wild Horses

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Ancient Pigeon Cage

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What to see in Delft Island Neduntheevu - Ancient Pigeon Cage

The British Courts

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trip guide to Delft Island - Courts

The British Emblem bearing the year 1905 ensures that this court had been established during the British period. The ruins of this complex ensure that the courts had consisted of a prison, chamber for advocates, and residence for the Justice and so on.

Dutch Hospital

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trip guide to Delft Island - Dutch Hospital

The hospital designed for medical purposes in the Dutch period was converted into an administrative center in the British period.

Dutch Fort – Delft Island

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What to see in Delft Island Neduntheevu - Dutch Fort - Delft Island

Delft Beach

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What to see in Delft Island Neduntheevu -Delft Beach

Giants Footprint

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trip guide to Delft Island - Giants Footprint

Old Stupa / Vediyarasan fort

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